I doubt many had Jaguars vs. Browns as one of the most compelling matchups of Week 13, but it certainly played out that way. The lead went back and forth several times, and the crazy plays by Josh Gordon and Cecil Shorts down the stretch combined with a crazy safety on a botched snap by Browns center Alex Mack created all the drama you could want.
The Jacksonville Jaguars went into their Week 9 bye with a record of 0-8, and they were staring the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft in the face. Cleveland entered its Week 10 bye with a 4-5 record and a shot at an AFC playoff spot.
Fast-forward to December, and the Jaguars sit at 3-9 after winning three of their four post-bye games, while the Browns have dropped three consecutive games and have a disappointing 4-8 record.
Jacksonville's 3-4 road record is a surprise to most considering how ineffective the Jaguars were in the first half of the season. But a revitalized defense, a much-improved running game, and a game plan that emphasizes their strengths and attempts to hide their weaknesses have helped the Jaguars turn a disappointing season into one full of hope for the future.
I predicted the Browns would win this game, but many had other opinions, including Bleacher Report's own Matt Miller:
Brandon Weeden is the sole reason I picked the #Jaguars to win today.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) December 1, 2013
I must have underestimated the Weeden factor; he helped the Jaguars immensely by turning the ball over three times in under three minutes to end the first half, basically handing Jacksonville 13 free points.
If you were one of the folks rooting for a loss, you must hate fun because this win was a blast. What did we learn about the Jaguars during this week's exciting matchup?